Nine days a week

Another collection of pictures from the National Centre for Craft and Design in Sleaford, Lincolnshire.

This time it is Nine days a week by Jane McKeating, a project based on found handkerchiefs, using a mixture of fibres and pigments.

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The history of knitting

This post gives an excellent summary of the history of hand knitting.

As you would expect from the V&A. One of my favourite London haunts.

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Crayon colours

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Hand in hand: The artistic and spiritual life of Dame Werburg Welch

If you get the chance, I can really recommend a trip to Ushaw, near Durham, to see this exhibition of church vestments, decorated with bands embroidered and woven by nuns under the supervision of Dame Werburg Welch (1894-1990).

You can really see the influence of William Blake and Eric Gill in these fabulous pieces of textile art. If you can’t make it before 29th June, at least have a look at the web page, which has pictures and a video.

Unfortunately, they don’t allow photos, so I was limited to sketching. The best bits were the simple saints and angels, some in repeat patterns. As I’m not very good at sketching people, I’ll leave you to look at the originals…

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Rolling out a carpet for hope

Here is more from the National Centre for Craft and Design in Sleaford, Lincolnshire.

This installation by Sian Martin was inspired by a project to re-hydrate the desert in Africa, where they plant a corridor of saplings to draw water to the surface and stop the desert encroaching more. The story of the change is told here using dyed cane and wire, silk and scrim fabrics, and acrylic sheets.

 

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Fused glass

Here are a couple of works in fused glass caught my eye when I was at the National Centre for Craft and Design in Sleaford, Lincolnshire.

I went to see the textile exhibitions, but these little gems just need sharing.

It is amazing what you can achieve with small rectangles of glass.

One was a series of small works, made in a workshop in 2013 at the centre, wired together to make a hanging.

The other was a collection inspired by bees, inspired by the current problems with the pollenating insects population.

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Exhibition of ecclesiastical textiles

At some point fairly soon, I’m off to see this exhibition  about Dame Werburg Welch‘s work. It is on until 29th June 2019 in Durham, so if you get there first, let me know what you think…

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When waves collide

Today’s post is another collection of pictures from my trip to the National Centre for Craft and Design in Sleaford, Lincolnshire.

This represents most of a room full of woven hangings on the theme When waves collide, hand woven in cotton by Theo Wright.

It shows the different effects that can be gained by varying the colours, and making slight changes in the interpretation, while still creating a coherent collection of work.

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The four riders

Here is an interpretation by Dutch textile artist Flox den Hartog Jager of  the four horsemen of the Apocalypse, using cotton, organza, cotton and silk threadfs, inks and dye.

It is on display at the National Centre for Craft and Design in Sleaford, Lincolnshire.

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City skins

Here are some more pictures from my visit to the National Centre for Craft and Design in Sleaford, Lincolnshire. This time it is Eszter Bornemisza’s City Skins.

From a distance, it looks a bit like a kimono. It is made from newspaper, synthetic organza, silk floss, and plexiglass tubes.

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